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Dr Adrian Pearce
Room 336
Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, University College London
Foster Court, Malet Place, Gower street
Tel: (0207) 6790365
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  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Adrian Pearce is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American history. He took his Ph.D from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, in 1998. He came to UCL in 2016 from the Colegio de México in Mexico City, where he had lectured full time from 2013. He has also taught at King’s College London (2008-2013, on a joint appointment with the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, from 2008-2010), and previously at Nottingham Trent and Warwick universities. From 2005 to 2012, he was Secretary of the UK’s Society for Latin American Studies. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of London. In 2014, he was elected both a member of the Royal Historical Society and a corresponding member of the Academy of the Portuguese Marine. His undergraduate degree was in French and Hispanic Studies, majoring in Spanish and Portuguese. He has travelled widely throughout the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, and has lived in Spain for five years, in Mexico for three years, and in Peru for eighteen months.

Research Summary

Dr Pearce is a historian of Latin America and Spain. His principal projects to date have focused on Spanish colonial policy in the Americas and its outcomes in the long eighteenth century; British relations with Latin America, also primarily in the eighteenth century, and with a particular focus on trade; and the native peoples of the Andes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of British Trade with Spanish America, 1763-1808 (2007; Spanish language edition, 2017) and The Origins of Bourbon Reform in Spanish South America, 1700-1763 (2014). He has edited or co-edited History and Language in the Andes (2011), Evo Morales and the Movimiento al Socialismo in Bolivia: The First Term in Context, 2006-2010 (2011), and Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World (2012). His current book project is titled “Reindigenisation and Society: Peru and Bolivia, 1790-1940”, and he is also lead editor of Rethinking the Andes-Amazonia Divide: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration. Since 2008, he has been involved with a major interdisciplinary project concerned with the history and prehistory of the Andes, with the linguist Paul Heggarty and the archaeologist David Beresford-Jones, that has yielded a series of conferences and publications. His articles have appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, and English Historical Review, among others. He was Secretary of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) for seven years, from 2005-2012.

Teaching Summary

Dr Pearce teaches modules in the history of Spain and Latin America. Over the course of his career, he has taught across the full spectrum of Latin American History: pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern; Spanish American and Brazilian; Andean, Mesoamerican, and Caribbean; at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many of his courses have embraced the history of Spain, recently with a focus on the twentieth century. Modules currently offered include SPAN2400: History of Colonial Latin America, SPAN4400: History of Modern Latin America, and SPAN2401: History of Spain in the Twentieth Century. He also contributes to team-taught courses in both the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

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